Charges laid in con­nec­tion with an ar­son at a Vaughan bak­ery

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS - — Jes­sica Wei

There has been a to­tal of 16 more in­ci­dents of ar­son in York Re­gion from 2015 to 2016, rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of 24.6 per cent. This year, one ar­son in par­tic­u­lar stands out.

On June 12, at around 1:30 a.m., York Re­gional Po­lice ( YRP) of­fi­cers were called to a bak­ery near Jane Street and High­way 7 on But­ter­mill Av­enue in Vaughan.

A sus­pect had al­legedly thrown a can­is­ter con­tain­ing an ac­cel­er­ant through the win­dow of the bak­ery. Po­lice ar­rived on the scene to find the win­dow of the store bro­ken and dam­age done to prop­erty. Charges have been laid in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

After a three-month-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a sus­pect was ar­rested with the as­sis­tance of the Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice. “A 27-year-old from Kitch­ener was ar­rested,” con­firmed con­sta­ble Andy Pat­ten­den with the YRP. “He was ar­rested in Kitch­ener.”

No­body was present when the in­ci­dent hap­pened. This was the first of two café-bak­ery fires deemed “sus­pi­cious” by the YRP in June. An ex­plo­sion oc­curred at a Wood­bridge café two weeks after the June 12 in­ci­dent.

In Au­gust, po­lice re­sponded to a house on fire in the area of We­ston Road and Langstaff Road in Vaughan. In­ves­ti­ga­tors also con­sider that in­ci­dent to be sus­pi­cious.

Most re­cently, of­fi­cers with the YRP are seek­ing wit­nesses after a fire that oc­curred on Sept. 27 at a home near Nashville Road and High­way 27 –– two peo­ple were taken to the hospi­tal with non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

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